Bomba take Scouts through the ropes on fire safety and first aid
By Jude Toyat
Some 100 scouts from various schools throughout the city participated in the ‘Kursus Lencana Api’, an educational programme with the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) at their headquarters near Jalan Setia Raja here recently.
Organised by Sarawak Scout Academy and Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, the two-day course held from May 21 to 22 aimed at providing the scouts knowledge on fire safety and first aid as well as exposing them to functions and responsibilities of the Fire and Rescue Department, said Sarawak Scout Academy state programme commissioner and messenger of peace coordinator Lawrence Yong.
“During the programme, talks on fire prevention, types of fire, fire class, usage of fire extinguishers, and rescue equipment operations were provided to the scouts by officers from the Fire and Rescue Department.
“After the talk, participants were given chance to lay their hands on several equipment used by the officers at the headquarters and they were given opportunities to witness fire extinguisher demonstrations,” he said of the second edition of the programme that was initiated last year.
Yong added that after the theory and practical session, participants were faced with written examination in order for them to earn Fire Extinguisher Service Badges.
“They will have to pass the examination with passing mark of 60 per cent, and upon their success, they will be awarded with the Fire Extinguisher Service Badges that will be presented by officers from the Fire and Rescue Department during the World Scout Day to be held at Lundu in August.
“Badge of Services are given to scouts to recognise their knowledge, range of skills and competencies in various fields including first aid and fire fighting skills,” he added.
Among the schools participated in the programme were SMK Matang Hilir, SMK Bako, SMK Jalan Arang, SMK Taho, SMK Siburan, Lodge School, SMK Kuching Town, SMK St Thomas, Kolej Datu Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah, Maktab Rendah Sains MARA, SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman, SMK Batu Kawa, SMK Green Road, SMK Petra Jaya, SMK Batu Lintang, and SMK Tun Ahmad Zaidi.